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From the offices of the
Grand Treasurer of WV
Michael Aurnague

The following was written by Elbert Bede. I never get tired of reading it as its message is profound. I hope you all enjoy it as much as I have ... Michael Aurnague

Wages of a Master Mason

We have heard a great deal about the wages of a Fellowcraft. It is as Master Masons that we labor as Masons. Then why are we taught nothing about the wages of a Master Mason?

The reason we do not find wages of a Master Mason described is undoubtedly the same reason that explains lack of interpretation of our Symbols. As each Brother must find his own interpretation for a Symbol, so must each find for himself his wages of a Master Mason. One Brother may not be paid in the same wages as another. One may receive wages in the gratitude of one for whom he has performed an act of charity. Another may receive wages in the joy that comes from having brought cheer into a sick room. Another may receive wages in the appreciation of Brethren to whom he has imparted something of Masonic knowledge. Another may receive wages in the gratitude of a Brotherís family to whom he has a mainstay during their hour of grief. Another may receive wages in honors conferred upon him by Brethren whom he has faithfully served. Another may receive wages in friendships that have come to him through Masonry. Another may receive wages in the satisfaction he derives from service to others. Another may receive wages that to him seem sufficient when he is privileged to coach some one in the lectures, or when he is given a part in degree work.

Wages of a Master Mason are not paid in silver or gold, or articles of commerce and trade that may be stolen or may deteriorate and moulder through the passage of years. They are paid in those things that the Brother may keep within the repository of the faithful breast. They are paid in those things that are secure in the hearts of his Brethren and his friends. The wages of a Master Mason have no intrinsic value. They can not be measured by any standard by which the value of intrinsic things are measured. Wages of a Master Mason are measured only by the value placed upon them by the one who has received them.

Elbert Bede